Writers’ Strike is Over After Five Months, Here’s What Will Happen Next

SAG-AFTRA members are joined by the PSA union in September 2023
SAG-AFTRA members are joined by the PSA union in September 2023. Photo by Derek French/Shutterstock (14100109a)

After over five long months, the WGA reached a tentative agreement with the studios to end the writers’ strike. After a long period of uncertainty in Hollywood, things are finally looking a little bit brighter, and here’s what we can expect now that the writers’ strike is over.

Daytime Shows

Daytime talk shows, such as The Drew Barrymore Show and The Talk, will have the easiest time returning to our small screens. Deadline reports that new seasons will most likely air by the second week of October after the new contract with the studios is ratified by the WGA membership.

Late-Night Talk Shows

The late-night talk shows, such as The Late Show with Stephen Colbert and Jimmy Kimmel Live!, will also be able to return as soon as the WGA’s new deal is ratified. Things will be a little bit trickier when it comes to the sketch comedy Saturday Night Live, which will have to rely on non-acting hosts, if its cast members even agree to return since they’re also affected by the SAG-AFTRA strike.

Scripted Films & TV Shows

Even though the WGA strike is over, the SAG-AFTRA strike is still raging, and scripted films and television shows will be affected until it’s over. Actors still can’t be involved with any new projects, unless they’ve received an interim agreement to proceed with production after complying with the strike guidelines.